So it’s the vacation season. I pulled 6 fragrances from my collection, as well as 4 fragrances that I have in samples to make a list of 10 fantastic summer vacation perfumes !
This is my selection of perfumes that can be used without moderation on your summer getaway.
I wanted to include fresh perfumes with hesperidic facets, notably fragrances in the style of classic colognes, but I also sneaked in a floral fragrance, a ‘salty’ perfume, a fragrance from a ‘garden series’, a fig perfume with an aquatic facet; so I think I have covered a lot of different genres.
Still Life in Rio, Olfactive Studio
Still Life and Still Life in Rio by Olfactive Studio are perfumes that both have the note of yuzu, and this is probably more original than your classic citrus note.
Still Life in Rio expresses sunlight, and a summer cocktail in your hands with its minty fruityness and a subtle note of rum. It is both refreshing and warming. It also takes me on vacation to exotic destinations. You will find that it has a prominent spicy element , courtesy of the pepper and the ginger notes. The citrus fruits in the composition of this perfume include yuzu and lemon, as well as mandarin orange which furthermore accents the hesperidic facet. There is also a coconut note. The leather note and the woody note in the base add a touch of warmth. This is a very long-lasting citrus perfume and it has a wonderful ‘sillage’.
The photo that inspired this fragrance is called Still Life in Rio by Flàvia Veloso (in the top right corner of my photo).
Neroli Potofino, Tom Ford Private Blend
I had to include this cult favorite because Neroli Portofino is rightfully considered one of the best cologne-inspired citrus fragrances. You can find many reviews on this wonderful cooling perfume. I just want to add that it is hard not to like when it is very hot outside.
Neroli Portofino (the classic version) was my favorite from the Neroli Portofino series, until they came out with Sole di Positano this year, which is also a wonderful refreshing summer perfume, but with a more prominent floral facet.
Bal d’Afrique, ByRedo
I consider ByRedo’s Bal d’Afrique as the most uplifting fragrance on this list. The inspiration behind Bal d’Afrique is the mix of the Parisian avant-gardism and African culture in the 1920’s. It is aimed to evoke the intense life, excess, and euphoria of that era. Bal d’Afrique is my absolute favorite 2017 summer fragrance. I wonder why I never bought it before. Jerome Epinette, the perfumer of Bal d’Afrique has created a fragrance that is sweet in a very unique way.
Referred to as the ‘sweet vetiver fragrance’ in many reviews, Bal d’Afrique to me is a lightweight sweet woody fragrance with an interesting floral facet. I find it to be an excellent choice for summer because the sweetness is beautifully balanced with an airy and aromatic vetiver note, and there is a also a bright lemon note in the opening. Above all, Bal d’Afrique inspires a joyful summer mood.
Parco Palladiano, Bottega Veneta
I have made a post about Bottega Veneta’s Parco Palladiano perfumes, and particularly this one – number IV. I really like the style of the garden series by Hermès as summer perfumes, but I think that Bottega Veneta are a much better option if you are looking for better longevity.
Bottega Veneta have come out with more perfumes for the Parco Palladiano series since my review. There were six of them when I bought my bottle, and now there are nine. The lilac-purple color of perfume number VII creates an intrigue for me, and I can’t wait to try them. I wonder if the three latest fragrances also reflect the spring-summer season. On the note of aesthetics, I think that Parco Palladiano perfume bottles are the most classy out of all the exclusive lines from the designer houses.
The perfume that I chose from this series has a sweet floral-chestnut accord. The sweetness here is very natural and so it is absolutely not cloying in the European climate of the summer season.
Isles Lointaines, Keiko Mecheri
I wanted to include a floral perfume that would be similar in its style to Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc, since it seems to be a super popular perfume right now. I could not find the body spray version of Soleil Blanc last month, because they were sold out everywhere.
This is Isles Lointaines, by Keiko Mecheri and it also has the note of tuberose. I find a lot of parallels with the two fragrances. There seems to be a tropical resort summer vacation theme in both. This is one of those summer specific perfumes that I can not imagine wearing outside of the warm weather season.
Aqua Universalis Forté, Maison Francis Kurkdjian
I have yet to smell a perfume by this house that I did not like, or could not imagine myself wearing. This is my ‘white shirt’ fragrance. If you are the kind of person that can see beauty in simplicity, then I suggest to try Aqua Universalis, or AU forté. This fragrance can be formal or casual. It is like a breath of fresh air, and the perfect companion in the heat of the summer, or if you can not bear to smell anything specific and loud. It is not the clean laundry scent, but ‘cleanliness’ is what this fragrance actually inspires.
The forté vesion is very long-lasting.
Here are four more perfumes perfect for summer that are not part of my collection:
Cologne Royale by Christian Dior
Cologne Royale is like a fizzy and iced citrus drink, yet there is a softness to it. I attribute ‘the softness’ to the blend of the white musk note with the neroli note. Like the name indicates it’s a cologne-style bright citrus perfume.
Aqua Sextius by Jul et Mad
I actually struggle a little bit with fig based fragrances. I don’t find many of them that I want to wear. Balade Sauvage by Christian Dior in the exclusive line, along with Aqua Sextius are a few exceptions.
Aqua Sextius has an aquatic element, with sea notes listed in its composition. It is a luminous summer fragrance with a beautiful woody accord and an aquatic touch. I consider it one of the best fig-based perfumes that I have smelled.
Paris Seychelles by Pierre Guillame
I had to include a salty perfume on my list. Paris Seychelles is actually part of Pierre Guillaume’s Croisière collection which is all about traveling. The inspiration behind this fragrance is a girl returning to Paris after a holiday by the Indian Ocean. She carries back the essence of a tropical beach on her skin. I love the inspiration, and it really does smell like the scent that you bring back from a holiday by the ocean.
Still Life by Olfactive Studio
Still Life preceded the release of Still Life in Rio by Olfactive Studio, and even though these are different fragrances, they have a common ground.
I find that Still Life has a surprise factor. It is a brighter fragrance of the two. I personally prefer wearing Still Life in Rio. Still Life in Rio could be described as ‘the warming’ version of Still Life.